Globalization and Health
[Accessed 18 July 2020]
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus: a menace to the end game of polio eradication
Authors: Long Chiau Ming, Zahid Hussain, Siang Fei Yeoh, David Koh and Kah Seng Lee
Content type: Letter to the Editor
16 July 2020
The World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region countries were declared free of polio in 2000 until a polio outbreak involving 305 cases occurred in Indonesia in 2006. It was not until 2014 that the World Health Organisation South East Asia region was officially declared polio-free again. However, in February 2019, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative announced a new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreak in the Papua province of Indonesia. To make matter worse, the outbreak responses were tardy and led to transmission among migrating communities to other cities. The pressing regional issues of polio outbreak caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus and use of oral polio vaccine have not been well presented. Our letter highlighted the suboptimal outbreak responses as well as the necessity of cross-border vaccination to curb continued poliovirus transmission.